Inter-faith week celebrations at UCLan

15 November 2013

Rachel Atkinson

University is hosting a selection of presentations and key note speeches as part of city wide event

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is playing a major role in the city’s upcoming Inter-faith Week celebrations.

During the week of 17 to 23 November the University’s Preston city centre campus will host an array of presentations and key note speeches on the theme of Faith and Health.

UCLan’s academic members of staff will also take part in the Faith and Well-being Symposium on Thursday morning. The key note address will be given by Malcolm Rae OBE, who will talk about the ingredients of good mental health and why spirituality is important in preventing mental illness. Other presentations include the research work of Dr Sarita Robinson and Dr Gayle Brewer, both from the School of Psychology, into health in different faith communities.

Preston’s Inter-faith Week, which is organised by the Preston Faith Forum, is now in its fifth year.

“This is a great opportunity for people of all faiths to come together and find out more about different religions.”

Peter Lumsden, Principal Lecturer in the UCLan Academic Development and Employability team, said: “This is a great opportunity for people of all faiths to come together and find out more about different religions. The University is proud to be a major contributor to this city event and I hope many people enjoy coming along to see the range of events on campus.”

On Monday evening Vernon Building will see an open discussion on Christian and Muslim relations, featuring Sarah Snyder from Cambridge, and Anjum Anwar, the dialogue development officer from Blackburn Cathedral. Tuesday evening will see Scholars Bar used for a workshop on scriptural reasoning, where the same texts are explored from the standpoint of different traditions.

The week also features two Faith Trails, on Sunday morning and on Wednesday morning. These are a tour of different places of worship in the city, with a chance to find out about and discuss the basics of different faiths with religious leaders. Prior booking is essential.